Learn how to crochet a scarf. If I can do it, so can you. It's easy!
It has been years of having my crochet hooks shoved in a drawer but I have decided to bring them out of hiding. The attempt I made at crocheting a long time ago, didn't last long. There is an important lesson to this story.
I made a tiny little sweater for our newborn daughter to wear home from the hospital. It was a shell stitch and it was a bit complicated for a beginner project. It did get completed and I was quite pleased with myself, at first. Upon close inspection, a pro could see the mistakes. Don't you hate it when that happens? Perfectionists should never try to learn how to crochet by starting with a difficult project. It can cause you to give up, like I did.
When I say it has been years that those hooks have been shoved in a drawer, I mean, a really long time. 35+years. If I had the idea (the excuse) that crochet is for old people and I wasn't of age, well, I guess maybe I have finally arrived at old people status. Yikes! Nope, maybe not quite yet.
Actually, crocheting is great for any age, you don't have to be old. So, forget the vision you may have in your head of granny in the rocking chair, making a doily. There are lots of free, easy patterns available, not just doilies, even a beginner can do. The easiest, is to learn how to crochet a scarf. You can whip one up in no time at all and then move on to a hat.
I still hold the hook like a club, That will never change, especially since it hurts my wrist to hold the hook “properly”. . a not so great side effect of “older” age. Notice I didn't say OLD age because I'm not there, YET!
With some determination and some great tutorials on the Internet, I have actually created some warm and cozy winter wear. Yes, you can learn how to crochet a scarf, too.
My first project was a puff stitch cowl. I used a yarn that is suppose to be for blankets but it was so soft and fluffy, I couldn't resist. It wasn't the yarn that was recommended but being an amateur, I didn't care. This is probably why it doesn't really look like the one in the tutorial on how to make a scarf. Oh well. Better luck next time!
I am learning that the type of yarn and the weight are important factors, especially if you are making items that need to be a certain size. Luckily, with a scarf, size isn't critical.
Like me, once you learn how to crochet a scarf, using one pattern, you will probably want to try a different one. Once I started, I was having so much fun, I couldn't stop! So, I was off once again to Michaels craft store, where they just happened to have a two for one sale on the yarn. What luck!
She also has an infinity pavement pattern, which is my favorite.
Things were going so well, I started to gravitate towards thinking I was Miss super crocheter. Delusional! Is crocheter even a word? Nope, don't think it was but it is now. How about a poncho next? This is where I decided I needed to slow down a bit. The thoughts of the not so perfect baby sweater from years ago, came to mind. Oh, and my husband saying “ Isn't that kind of a big project?”
Really, how could I possibly think I could go from learning how to crochet a scarf, to jumping right into making a poncho? Instead, I decided to move up more slowly and try a crocheted hat. That was a good decision. It was a little more challenging but not a huge leap.
The poncho and then a sweater, will have to be plans for the future. In the meantime, I will keep practicing.
There you have it! If you want to learn how to crochet a scarf, these are some really good choices to start with. Have fun!
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